The American Cinematheque grew out of the legendary FILMEX Los Angeles Film Festival (which ran from 1971 through 1983).

In 1984, after an inspiring trip to the French Cinematheque in Paris, Director Sydney Pollack joined forces with the team behind FILMEX to continue developing a year-round film festival for the city of Los Angeles where cinephiles and filmmakers could discover, engage with and discuss the seventh art.

Since it began screening films to the public in 1985, the American Cinematheque has provided diverse film programming and live in-person discussions and events with thousands of filmmakers and luminaries, presenting both new and repertory cinema to Los Angeles.

True to the hope and intent of Sydney Pollack, the American Cinematheque is a place where both the public and members of the film industry come together as a community with the common language of film.

The American Cinematheque and the African American Film Critics Association present this panel entitled “Black Identity Through Cinema,” featuring Cynthia Erivo, Shaka King, Philippe LacĂ´te, Franklin Leonard, Ekwa Msangi, Euzhan Palcy and Kemp Powers. Moderated by the President of the AAFCA, Gil Robertson. Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 11am PT.

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